Statement Of Faith

Article 1 – The Trinity

It is the testimony of both the Old and New Testaments and of the Christian Church that God is both One and Triune. The biblical revelation testifies that there is only one God and that He is eternally existent in three persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
John 1:1-5, 10-14; Matt. 28:18-20

God the Father

God the Father is the creator and sustainer of all things, and He created the universe in love. He created man in His own image for fellowship and called man back to Himself through Christ after the rebellion and fall of man.

The Son

Jesus Christ is eternally God. He was together with the Father and the Holy Spirit from the beginning, and through Him all things were made. For man’s redemption, He left heaven and became incarnate by the Holy Spirit through the virgin Mary; henceforth, He is forever one Christ with two natures—God and man—in one person.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God, the Lord and giver of life, who was active in the Old Testament and given to the Church in fullness at Pentecost. He empowers the saints for service and witness, cleanses man from the old nature and conforms us to the image of Christ. The baptism in the Holy Spirit, subsequent to conversion, releases the fullness of the Spirit and is evidenced by the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Article 2 – The Scripture

We affirm that the Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments, is alone the only infallible, inspired Word of God, and that its authority is ultimate, final, and eternal. It cannot be added to, subtracted from, or superseded in any regard. The Bible is the source of all doctrine, instruction, correction, and reproof. It contains all that is needed for guidance in godliness and practical Christian conduct.
2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Pet. 1:23-25; Heb. 4:12

Article 3 – The Atonement

Christ’s vicarious death on the cross paid the penalty for the sins of the whole world, but its benefits are only applicable to those who receive Jesus as their personal Savior. Healing—body, soul, and spirit—and all of God’s provisions for His saints, are provided for in the atonement, but these must be appropriated.

Article 4 – Salvation

The Word of God declares clearly that salvation is a free gift of God, based on the merits of the death of His Son, and is appropriated by faith. Salvation is effected by personal repentance, belief in the Lord Jesus (justification), and personal acceptance of Him into one’s life as Lord and Savior (regeneration). The new life in Christ includes the privileges of adoption and inheritance in the kingdom of God’s beloved Son. Salvation is an act of free will in response to God’s personal love for mankind. It is predestined only in the sense that God, through His omniscience, foreknew those who would choose Him. It is secure in the eternal, unchanging commitment of God who does not lie and is forever the same. Salvation should produce an active lifestyle of loving obedience and service to Jesus Christ our Savior.
Rom. 8:16; 1 John 3:18-19, 24; Matt. 7:16-20; Eph. 2:8-10; Gal. 2:16; 2 Cor. 5:10

Article 5 – The Christian Life

We believe that the Scriptures portray the life of the saint in this world to be one of balance between what is imputed to us as Christians and what is imparted to us according to our faith and maturity. Hence, God’s provision for His children is total, and the promises are final and forever. The shortcomings of the individual and of the Church are because of the still progressing sanctification of the saints. The Christian life is filled with trials, tests, and warfare against a spiritual enemy. For those abiding in Christ until their deaths or His return, the promises of eternal blessing in the presence of God are assured. To remain faithful through all circumstances of life requires dependence upon the Holy Spirit and a willingness to die to personal desires and passions.

Article 6 – The Church

The goal of the Church is to make disciples of all nations and to present the saints complete in Christ. The five-fold ministry of Ephesians 4 governs the Church, the offices of elder and deacon, as well as other offices mentioned in scripture. Church policy is a balance between congregation and eldership authority, emphasizing the final authority of the Church leadership. It is essential to the life of the Church that scriptural patterns of discipline are practiced and that oversight for Church discipline, individual and corporate, is exercised by the leadership of the Church.
Eph. 1:22-23, 2:19-22, 4:11; Heb. 12:23

Article 7 – Water Baptism

We believe that the ordinance of baptism should be observed as commanded in Scripture by all who have truly repented and have believed in their hearts that Jesus is Lord and Savior. In observing water baptism, we believe that the Christian declares to the world that they have died with Jesus and have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. The first, baptism, is the outward sign of what God has already done in the individual’s life and is a testimony to all that the person now belongs to Jesus. It is identification with Jesus and is effected in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This institution is restricted to those who are believers.
Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4; Acts 10:47-48

Article 8 – The Lord’s Supper

We believe that the Christian should observe the Lord’s Supper according to 1 Corinthians 11:24-28, “And when He gave thanks, He broke it, and said, ‘This is My body which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.’ In the same way also He took the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’ Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.” The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of the death of the Lord and is done in remembrance of Him until He comes again; it is a sign of our participation in Him. This institution is restricted to those who are believers.

Article 9 – Baptism in the Holy Spirit

We believe that all believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father “the Baptism in the Holy Spirit” according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that with it comes the endowment of power for life and service, and the bestowment of the gifts and their uses for the work of the ministry. We believe this experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth.
Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-5, 8, 2:38, 10:44-46, 11:14-16; 1 Cor. 12:1-31
We believe in the fruit of the Spirit as well as the gifts of the Spirit as on the day of Pentecost including speaking in tongues. Acts 1:8, 2:4, 10:44-46, 19:2; 1 Cor 14:4; Gal. 5:16-26; Jude 1:20

Article 10 – Kingdom of God

We believe that the kingdom of God is present and eternal. We affirm that the kingdom has come definitively in the Christ event (His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension); that it is coming progressively in history (like leaven in the lump and seed growing in the ground); and that it will come consummately at the return of Christ.

Article 11 – End Times (Eschatology)

We believe that the Bible teaches an optimistic end to the world. We believe that those who have not accepted the redemptive work of Christ will suffer eternal separation from the Godhead. We believe that the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and anyone whose name is not found written in the Book of Life, shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire, which burns with brimstone. We believe the lake of fire is the second death. We believe we are to disciple the nations, take dominion over the earth, and occupy until He comes.
Matt. 28:18-20; Gen. 1:28; Luke 19:13

Article 12 – Second coming of Jesus Christ

We affirm the bodily, personal, second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the saints, the millennium, and the final judgment. The final judgment will determine the eternal status of both the saints and the unbelievers, determined by their relationship to Jesus Christ. We affirm with the Bible the final state of the new heavens and the new earth. We believe that Jesus is coming again to gather all His Saints to ever be with Him, but not until the earth reaches a fuller level of restoration as recorded in Acts 3:21. We believe that His Saints shall rule and reign with Him for one thousand years on earth. After this, we believe there shall be a new heaven and a new earth.
Acts 3:21; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; 2 Thess. 1:7; Rev. 19:11-16, 20:1-6, 21

Article 13 – Eternal Punishment

We believe that those who have not accepted the redemptive work of Christ will suffer eternal separation from the Godhead. We believe that the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and anyone whose name is not found written in the Book of Life, shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire, which burns with brimstone. We believe the lake of fire is the second death.
Rev. 19:20, 20:10-15

Article 14 – Marriage

We believe marriage is between a man and a woman. We believe that Scripture dictates that any sexual activity outside of marriage is sin before the Lord.
Gen. 2:24; Matt. 5:27-32, 19:1-9; Ex. 20:14; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:18-32; 1 Cor. 5:1-5, 6:9-10; 1 Thess. 4:1-7